This is absolutely, positively not a joke! Apparently, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) was in the process of developing a program called the Futures Markets Applied to Prediction (FutureMAP). The program would have involved setting up a website where investors would bet small amounts of money that a particular event–a terrorist attack or assassination–would happen. It would have been like a terrorism deadpool–like, but for suicide bombings and the like. Who was the genius to come up with this idea!? Luckily, a couple of Senators, including our own Barbara Boxer, managed to terminate the program before its scheduled start on Friday. Here’s the C|Net story.

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